Fifth-year assistant coach Dave Brown brought a wealth of experience as a player and coach to the Red Raider staff in his first four seasons, and the dividends are paying off.
The Red Raider pass defense ranked 15th nationally last season, after finishing the 2003 season ranked 100th. Tech allowed only 181.3 yards per game to finish second in the Big 12 standings.
Brown came to the South Plains in 2001 from the Seattle Seahawks, where he served as an assistant from 1992-98, including his final four seasons under former Tech defensive coordinator Greg McMackin.
Tech's secondary units the last three seasons have accounted for 41 interceptions and five touchdowns.
The former NFL veteran and All-Pro defensive back with Seattle is one of only six Seahawk players to be enshrined in the Seahawks' Ring of Honor, which includes receiving great Steve Largent.
Brown played professionally for 16 seasons, beginning his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1975. While in the Steel City, Brown participated in Pittsburgh's 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
Following a brief stint with the Steelers, Brown was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in an expansion draft and spent 11 seasons (1976-86) with the franchise.
A 1984 All-Pro selection, Brown holds the all-time record in Seattle with 50 interceptions. He finished his career with the Green Bay Packers (1987-90). Brown also finished his career with 62 interceptions and is tied sixth all-time with Dick LeBeau in NFL history.
Brown was a two-time All-American defensive back at the University of Michigan and was named to the school's All-Century Team (1900-99). He also was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection from 1972-74. As a senior, he played in the East-West Shrine Game, Hula Bowl, All-American Bowl, and College All-Star Game.
A first-team All-American as a junior and unanimous choice as a senior, Brown received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Michigan in 1975.
Brown and his wife, Rhonda, have two sons, Aaron and Sterling.
COACHING EXPERIENCE 2003- (Texas Tech University - Cornerbacks); 2001-02 (Texas Tech University - Secondary); 1992-98 (Seattle Seahawks - Cornerbacks).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE 2004 Holiday; 2003 Houston; 2002 Tangerine; 2001 Alamo; 1998 American Bowl; 1997 Hall of Fame Bowl; 1996 Senior Bowl; *1975 All-American Bowl; *1975 East-West Shrine Game; *1975 Hula Bowl; *1975 College All-Star Game. (*participated as a player).